Joey was just invited to a birthday party. The fourth one this school year, actually. Man. For a small class of just 16 kids they sure do know how to party. It seems that someone is having a birthday party every week. And while Joey has not been able to make it to all the birthday parties he has been invited to he certainly wants to go to all of them. He always has a blast.
The birthday party that he was just invited to is a swim party. Does that raise your eyebrows as it did mine? Because I definitely have concerns. You see, Joey is 5 years old. And at 5 years old, while he is comfortable in the water, he does not swim well yet. The party is at the YMCA, and while I'm sure there will be a lifeguard there, and the birthday boy's parents as well, I'm still not very comfortable with it. With 10-15 boys to watch it makes me pretty uncomfortable to even think about. The boys in Joey's class (there are 12 boys and 4 girls- ack!) are WILD to say the least.
And what about when the swimming is over? While Joey is perfectly capable of dressing himself I can't really picture him showering, undressing, drying off, dressing, packing a swim bag up, and remembering everything he brought with him all by himself. It just isn't going to happen. Are the parents going to be helping all the boys? And if so, I don't even really know these parents very well. It just seems like it could so easily get out of hand. All of it.
Am I completely out of line here? Am I being a stick in the mud? Too overprotective? What do you think? Would you send your 5 year old to a swim party?